It is no secret that Texas drivers tend to drive fast, especially on highways. Despite increased speed limits over the years, drivers seem to consider speed limits more like suggestions rather than the law, as many drivers appear to be operating at least five miles per hour (MPH) over the speed limit, according NHTSA. While speed limits are put in place to protect drivers and encourage road safety, a recent study has found a correlation between increased speed limits and an increase in highway accidents.
The study revealed that a five MPH increase in the legal speed limit correlated with an 8% increase in fatalities on interstates and freeways. While several states have considerably high speed limits of 70-75 MPH on highways, Texas is the only state with a legal speed limit of 85 MPH, ultimately leading to riskier roadway conditions and more accidents.
Consequences Of Speeding
In 2017, speeding accounted for more than 9,717 deaths. While it is understandable that people are busy and might be in a hurry to get to work or other obligations, speeding is not the answer. Driving over the speed limit endangers everyone on the road and has severe consequences. Some problems with speeding might not even occur to many drivers.
In order to ensure safer roads and hopefully less traffic fatalities, think about the following effects next time you catch yourself driving over the speed limit:
- Greater potential for getting a speeding ticket
- Increased risk of losing control of your vehicle
- Endangering the lives of nearby drivers
- Higher risk of accidents in torrential weather
- Increased degree of accident and injury severity
- Higher fuel consumption and cost
- Less time to react to objects or dangers in the road
Speeding Accident Help
It should be clear speeding is an aggressive behavior that has devastating consequences. Unfortunately, too many drivers partake in this behavior, with little regard for others on the road. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident caused by speeding, we can help. Contact the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group for a free case evaluation today.